Selected Community Events
Michiana HopeFest 2013
Aug 10, 2013 3:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Joseph County Fairgrounds in Centerville, MI
FREE Community Christian music festival featuring Scarlet White, The Protest, Willstomp, Manic Drive, and DIsciple. Free parking and affordable concessions available. Go to www.michianahopefest.com for more info
Lainie Conway (269)503-3264
Jun 21, 2013 - Jun 22, 2013 See description for times
Merrifield and Crawford Parks
Merrifield & Crawford Parks Mishawaka, IN
Summerfest kicks off on Friday at noon with something to do for everyone! Bobby Lee Caldwell band at 6:00pm with the Elwood Splinters Blues Band headlining at 8:00pm. Fireworks at dusk.
The 5KRun/Walk begins at 8:00am from Mishawaka High School as does the Michiana MOPAR Club Car Show in Crawford Park. 3-on-3 Youth Basketball, Pig Races, Karaoke, Historic Bus Tours,and more! Everyday People at 4:00 pm followed by Velvet Jones at 6:30pm. Stereovain at 8:30pm. Fireworks to follow at dusk.
Mishawaka Parks Office
BRISTOL HILLS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sep 6, 2013 - Sep 7, 2013 7 PM
Elkhart County Historical Museum 304 W. Vistula Bristol, IN 46507
SHOW off YOUR TALES!
Have a TALE to share? The 24th BRISTOL HILLS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL invites you to come early and share your story with a supportive group of your friends and neighbors in the Swapping Ground. Five committee members of the Bristol Storytelling Festival are local tellers who all started with that first shared tale. Come and tell your true, funny, a tall tale or personal story that goes between “Once upon a time” and “the end”. Be brave, have fun, give your story wings in the Swapping Ground.
The BRISTOL HILLS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL will be held Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the ELKHART COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM, at 304 W. Vistula Street in Bristol. Parking is available at the Museum, the Post Office, and across the street.
The Museum will remain open during the Storytelling Festival. Visitors are encouraged to browse through the exhibits before the program to learn about local history. Tour guides will be available to direct our guests through the galleries. In addition, you will enjoy listening to the “Promissory Notes" playing authentic, acoustic folk and mountain music both nights before the featured teller performance.
The Swapping Ground precedes the Featured Telling at 5:30 pm with local informal audience participation and is open to anyone wishing to share or just listen to a story. Traditionally the Swapping Grounds provides an opportunity for interested people to tell a story in front of a supportive audience. Featured tellers are at 7 pm. Admission is $10. Stories are family oriented for adults and teens.
The 2013 Festival featured storytellers will be:
Lyn Ford, a fourth generation African-American teller, uses percussion instruments, rhythm and rhyme, audience interaction, and humor in her storytelling. Her “Home-Fried Tales” are a combination of oral tradition, folklore adaptation, original stories and poems. Lyn tells stories that make you laugh out loud and tales to make you think and remember.
Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller. His commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.
Jul 12, 2013 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Wellfield Botanic Gardens, 1011 N. Main St., Elkhart, IN 46514
Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Join the Elkhart Environmental Center and 88.1 WVPE for some good, green fun at the 18th annual EnviroFest! The City of Elkhart Environmental Center and 88.1 WVPE are hosting an evening of green, with live entertainment, hands-on activities and demonstrations at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens on Friday, July 12th from 5:30 to 9pm. This family-friendly event has something for everyone. Visit environmental exhibit booths and peruse local vendor tables featuring local food, products and services. Enjoy live entertainment, recycled arts, crafts and other activities. Live music starts at 5:30 with Bryan Edington. Visit the booths to learn about organic food, solar energy, environmentally-friendly lawn care, or even try yoga. Stop off at the food vendors for great local food! For the over 21 crowd, come and enjoy a cold beverage from some of our local breweries while listening to live music. Admission is $5 for adults and kids are free. For more information, please contact the Elkhart Environmental Center at 574-293-5070 or go to our website at www.elkhartindiana.org/eec. The Wellfield Botanic Gardens are located at 1011 North Main Street in Elkhart.
Ericka Popovich, (574) 293-5070, email@example.com
3rd Annual Michiana Renaissance Festival
Aug 24, 2013 - Aug 25, 2013 10:00am to 6:00 pm
Kamm Island, Mishawaka, Indiana
Mishawaka will be transported back in time when you come out the Michiana Renaissance Festival. We will have live sword fights, pirates, vikings and maybe a fairy or two telling stories.
P.O. Box 1892, South Bend, IN 46634
WFRN Friend Fest 2013 at Amish Acres
Jun 21, 2013 - Jun 22, 2013 Gates open 2pm on Friday. 10am on Saturday.
WFRN Friend Fest is located in Northern Indiana on the scenic and historic land of Amish Acres in Nappanee, IN (1600 West Market Street )
Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort is again proud to be the host location for the two day WFRN Friend Fest Christian Music Festival that is quickly becoming the premier event of its kind in the Midwest. WFRN Friend Fest is a Multi-Stage Christian Music Festival at Amish Acres in Northern, IN on June 21 - 22, 2013. Main Stage Artists: TobyMac, Matthew West, Building 429, Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Jamie Grace, Big Daddy Weave, Chris August, For King & Country, Rhett Walker Band, Moriah Peters, Finding Favour, Hyland, The Neverclaim and Mosteller. FREE Kid Zone & Children's Stage, FREE Parking, FREE to Bring in Your Own Food & Drink or Enjoy Affordable Concessions. FREE Artist Workshops - T.B.A.
Order tickets online at www.wfrnfriendfest.com or call 800-426-2898.
Lodging is limited, call The Inn at Amish Acres and The Nappanee Inn at (800) 800-4942 for reservations and weekend packages.
Jul 25, 2012 5:30 to 8PM
First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Third Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544
Totally FUN and FREE!
Enjoy a FREE BBQ!
Hot dog eating contest!
COTTON CANDY AND CARNIVAL GAMES!
Bring your own team for the cornhole tournament!
Fabulous worship with our “Alive” band!
PRIZES and GIVEAWAYS!
Something fun for ALL ages!
First United Methodist Church
Middelbury Summer Festival
Aug 10, 2012 - Aug 11, 2012 1PM
Downtown Middlebury IN
Bring your family to meet old friends and new, with live music, festival food, crafters, childrens activities and more!
Wholesome family entertainment can be found at this fun small town festival with the largest small town parade in the area on Saturday at 1:00.
4th Annual Karsyn Bell Children's Festival
Aug 18, 2012 August 18th (storm date Aug 19th) 10am - 4pm
Congdon Park in downtown Bristol
Pirate show, fire spinning show, BMX show, train rides, horse and carriage rides and more. All shows are FREE. Admission is a cash or nonperishable food donation appreciated but not required. Proceeds from festival benefit numerous local nonprofit organizations
Falloween Fest 2012
Sep 21, 2102 - Sep 23, 2012 Friday, September 21st: 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22nd 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sunday, September 23rd: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Walkerton, Indiana on the campus of John Glenn High School, 201 John Glenn Drive
Falloween Fest is an annual family festival celebrating the season of fall. Falloween features
18 amusement rides, carnival games, live bands and entertainers, petting zoo, huge garage sale, crafts fair, art show, grand parade, fireworks and more. Fest food includes fish fry, port-a-pit, polish dinner, homemade chili, ribeye steak sandwiches, pancake breakfast, homemade apple dumplings, apple butter, potato donuts and more. Accepting arts/craft vendors through September 16th. Addt'l information avail. at www.falloweenfest.com
Laina Niedbalski, 574-910-2001
4th annual Dixie Days Festival & Art Fair
Jul 26, 2012 - Jul 28, 2012 All Day
Downtown North Webster
Celebrate Bridgman Days/Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball
Jul 12, 2012 - Jul 15, 2012 Events vary
The Bridgman Gus Macker committee announces your time to register has not run out! Gus Macker has extended the deadline to register for the July 14th & 15th event until July 5, 2012 at midnight. Registration can be done online only at www.macker.com. Teams of 4 are $100 for 18 and under and $128 for 19 and up.
The Gus Macker event is just part of a jammed packed weekend planned for the second weekend in July in Bridgman. The Celebrate Bridgman event kicks off on Thursday July 12th with Sidewalk Sales in downtown Bridgman, Curious Kids Show at 1:00 under the big top and a Teen Dance under the Big Top off of Lake Street in the city parking lot, followed by more Sidewalk Sales on Friday and Saturday, the Fireman’s Street Dance on Friday and Saturday nights, American Legion Pancake Breakfast both Saturday and Sunday, Sand Sculpture contest at Weko Beach on Saturday morning, 5K walk/run Saturday, Red Arrow Car Show on Saturday, Farmers Market, Craft show, Parade and more! A complete schedule of events can be found at www.bridgman.org .
Hope Fest 2012
Aug 11, 2012 4-9PM
St. Joseph County, MI Grange Fairgrounds in Centreville, MI
Hope Fest 2012 is a FREE youth-oriented concert offering a wide mix of pop, rock, and hip-hop from bands such as Scarlet White, Da Messenger, Uncommon Road, The Protest, and Break the Grey’s Bill Ballenger! Organizers are anticipating at least 3000 youth, plus families, will be in attendance. The concert is FREE. Parking is FREE. And concessions will be available next to the grandstands. Everyone is invited to an evening of youth-oriented music with a positive message of hope. For more information, visit www.michianahopefest.com or follow on Facebook at “Hope Fest 2012”
Bryan Balasa, 269-496-4305
Pet Fest - A Day to Honor Your Pets
Aug 18, 2012 11 am - 2 pm
Humane Society of Elkhart County
Pet Fest - A Free Fun Event for You and Your Pet
Sponsored by: Humane Society of Elkhart County
Date: Saturday, August 18
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 CR 19, Bristol
The Humane Society of Elkhart County is hosting their 4th annual PET FEST (A Day to Honor Your Pets and the Animals that Remain Homeless) on Saturday, August 18. The schedule of events includes registration and pet party favor give away starting at 11:00 am.
There is a group pet blessing and Homeless Animal Day Memorial Ceremony at 11:45 am followed by pet games including Dogs Dunking for Dogs at 12:00 pm (dogs will dunk for hot dogs in water pool), Musical Hoops at 12:30 pm (similar to musical chairs) and a Canine/Human Water Relay at 1:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded to all winners.
The pet parade will begin at 1:30 pm. There will be a contest during the parade for cutest costume, owner/pet look-a-like and most unusual pet. Prizes will be awarded to all winners.
Other activities include an on-leash agility course and demonstrations by Planet Canine, pet photos by Kristin McKibbin, pet related vendors, raffles and free refreshments for humans and animals.
The shelter will be open for adoptions and will offer adopt one, get a companion animal for free. Adoption specials include 50% off cats and dogs 5 years old or younger and 75% off cats and dogs over 5 years old.
Dogs for Dollar$ and Kona Ice will sell additional refreshments. Don Kilgren and the SL4 Band will provide musical entertainment. The Red Barn Resale Shop will be open with a 25% discount on all purchases.
Bring your family and pets and enjoy a fun day at the Humane Society of Elkhart County!
Festival at The Oaks
Sep 8, 2012 9-4
The Oaks at SouthPaw Farm, 16323 Roosevelt Rd., Mishawaka
Come and enjoy some local cuisine, games and crafts for the kids, handmade crafts and goods from vendors in our area. You won't want to miss the bands, farm animals and a chance at one of our door prizes!
Sharon Nafrady, 574.229.2256
David Rogers Days Pioneer Living History Festival
Aug 25, 2012 - Aug 26, 2012 August 25, 10:00-8:00, August 26 12-4:30
David Rogers Memorial Park, 2355W 550S Wolcottville IN 46795
1845 pioneer festival in the log house village of David Rogers Memorial Park. Music, pioneer demonstrations, youth crafts, food.
Scott Beam, LaGrange County Parks, 260 854 2225
Aug 11, 2012 4-11pm
South Bend Elks Lodge #235
AUGUST 11, 4-11pm
Boutique & Bake Sales - Silent Auction
Food/Drink - Corn Hole Tourney - Prizes - Tips -
5 Live Bands including 4:00 WORK IN PROGRESS, 5:00 VYAGRA FALLS, 6:30 CHAMPION, 7:30 PLAY BACK, 9:00 SHAKE N CHILL.10:00 JAM SESSION.
Raffle Prizes: ND Season Tickets
$500.00 - $250.00 -- Tickets $5.00
$10.00 for entry & food plate
Open To The Public Over 21
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SOUTH BEND ELKS LODGE #235
3535 E. MCKINLEY AVE. SOUTH BEND
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574 276 9686
Jul 28, 2012 4pm to midnight.
Sts. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church 59259 Keria Trail, South Bend, IN 46614 (between Ireland and Chippewa)
Ethnic food, pastries, drinks, kid's activities, and live music!
Parking is a goodwill donation to be given to the Food Bank.
Harbor Vision Festival
Aug 11, 2012 - Aug 12, 2012 12-9pm
Benton Harbor, Dwight P. Mitchell Park (City Center Park) corner of Pipestone & Main St.
-Second Annual Harbor Vision Festival- August 11th and 12th-
Benton Harbor, Michigan— July 23, 2012 —“Plans are in the final stages for the 2nd Annual Harbor Vision Festival (HVF), and this year’s presentation will be even better than last year’s,” stated festival organizer, Iris Bowman- Watts. Located in downtown Benton Harbor at the Dwight P. Mitchell City Center, Harbor Vision Festival is a FREE two day celebration that focuses on Education, Entertainment and Empowerment.
Hosted by the Harbor Vision Committee, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, all day fun in the park includes bouncers for the kids and encore activities such as: Zumba Dance Party; Harbor Vision Kidz Talent Showcase, Curious Kids, BrunsonHill Arthouse and Citadel Instrument Petting Zoo. Young Eagles Aviation, Sarrett Nature Center and Squiggles and Smaxy the Clowns will also be on hand. Lakeland HealthCare will be onsite to provide blood pressure screenings and offer literature on knowing the signs of Stroke. In partnership with [The] Berrien County Health Department and Harbor Town Sales, there will be viewings and facilitated dialogue of the documentary Unnatural Causes.
Saturday Evening will feature: Jazz Saxophonist, Erik Fisher; Johnnie Edwards and Friends, and P.O.E.T.- Melinda Powell. Gospel Sunday is from 4- 8p.m. with uplifting, inspirational music from local churches and Trachead Entertainment with Andre Isom.
Back by popular demand, food vendors include: Chicken Shack Express, Air Wings Express and Betsy Best Ice Cream.
Free transportation to and from the City Center is provided by Curious Kids and Dial-A-Ride. Children must be accompanied by an Adult.
Free shuttle (Dial-a-Ride bus I & bus II) pick-up will operate from 1pm-4:30pm Saturday, August 11th from these locations to the City Center Park : Berrien Homes office, Countryview office, Cogic Village office, Blossom Acres, Buss Apartments, Nate Wells/Edwards Center office, Emergency Shelter, Benton Harbor Street Ministry, Salvation Army Office and River Terrance Office.
Summer FUN Express pick-up will operate 11am-8:15pm Saturday, August 11th from these location to the City Center Park: Boys and Girls Club; W. Empire, Sterne Bronson School; Columbus Ave, Triangle Park; Union & Pipestone, Seely McCord School; S. McCord, Buss Housing; Buss & Fair, N. McCord & Waukonda
About Harbor Vision Festival:
The Harbor Vision Festival (HFV) is an annual community event that celebrates the people, highlights the area’s rich resources, and supports new opportunities of economic prosperity, while promoting the vision of unity and diversity in its truest sense. The three tenants of goal delivery for the HVF are education, entertainment and empowerment/ economic development.
The Harbor Vision group is the result of collaborative communication started on a Facebook forum (Benton Harbor Vision) to discuss ways for ordinary citizens and stakeholders of the Benton Harbor community to make extraordinary positive impact for the greater good of the community. The Benton Harbor Vision Forum is made up of 375 diverse, actions -oriented, progressive thought leaders. The dialogue in this forum focuses on forming partnerships to leverage resources, support each other’s work efforts, and advocate and promote all of the great things that are and can occur in our community. Community volunteers from the Harbor Vision group provide the administrative and operational structure of the Harbor Vision Festival committee. This committee executes the successful delivery of the Harbor Vision Festival.
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Saturday Detailed Line-up
Live Zumba Dance Party (City Center Park) Free water to first 50 participants
10 am -- 11am
Lakeland HealthCare Screenings; Know the Signs of Stroke 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Un Natural Causes- Does Where You Live Affect Your Health? 11a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Harbor Vision Kidz Talent Showcase (ages 8-17) 12 noon – 1pm
Curious Kids 12 noon – 6pm
Sarett Nature Ctr 1pm - 2pm
Citadel Instrument Petting Zoo 2pm - 4pm
Young Eagles Aviation 2pm - 6pm YMCA bus pick up at park to BH airport
Squiggles & Smaxy the Clowns 2pm - 5pm
BrunsonHill Arthouse 12 noon 5pm
Saturday Evening Line-up
Jazz Sax featuring Erik Fisher 6:30pm
P.O.E.T with Melinda Powell - 7:00-8:00pm
Johnnie Edwards & Friends R&B 8:00-9:30pm
Sunday Line-up Gospel Sunday 4PM-8PM
Up-lifting Inspirational Music Local Churches
Featuring Trachead Entertainment w/Andre Isom
Curious Kids 4pm –7pm
Andrews University Aviation Group 4-7pm
8th Annual Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival
Jun 9, 2012 10 am
66425 ST.HWY. 19 SO.
Featuring 6 nationally known Bluegrass Bands
Ed Tom (574)825-1874
Vendors needed for New Carlisle Hometown Days
Jun 29, 2009 - Jul 26, 2009 Varies by Day
Memorial Park in downtown New Carlisle.
Vendors needed for New Carlisle Hometown Days. New Carlisle is still accepting vendor applications for crafts, food and commercial exhibits. The deadline is July 13.
To receive a vendor application, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 574-276-7737.
New Carlisle Hometown Days is Eastern Time from 3-8pm Friday July 24; 10am to 8 pm Saturday July 25; and 10am to 4pm Sunday July 26 at Memorial Park in downtown New Carlisle.
The annual parade will b e at 11am Saturday July 25 along US 20. If you would like to have an entry in the parade, please contact Kim Vaundry at 574-654-3484. The deadline is July 18.
The annual New Carlisle Hometown Days event features food crafts, commercial vendors, entertainment, and amusement rides for young children. Parking is free.